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Soft Corals: How to care for soft corals in a saltwater aquarium

Soft Corals The term soft corals is a relatively unscientific way to lump a bunch of related and unrelated coral species into a simple bucket, defined primarily by what they are (soft, with the absence of a major stony external skeleton) and what they are not (they are not mushrooms or zoanthids). Unlike LPS and SPS corals, which have a …

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Mushroom Corals

Mushroom Corals Mushroom Corals, or Corallimorphs are great beginner corals because they are some of the easiest species to care for. I recommend mushroom corals for hobbyists at any level. The corallimorphs get their name because the individual polyps are large and fleshy. In lower light environments, the polyps seem to stretch upward in the water column, creating a mushroom-like appearance.  In normal-to-higher light …

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Quarantine Tank for Saltwater Fish

Next to the protein skimmer, the quarantine tank is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can purchase. Adding fish to a tank without the proper quarantine period is like playing Russian Roulette with your fish tank. You can get away with it for a few rounds, but after a while the odds stack up against you, and your fish will pay the price.

Establishing the Phytoplankton Culture

Establishing the CultureAdd enough media to the culture to double the volume.  Insert a rigid airline and start a moderate flow of bubbles.  Watch the culture over the next few days.  Diluting the culture should make it lighter in color–when the culture returns to the original color, or darker, dilute again by 50% and repeat until the culture volume reaches 1 …

Making the Phytoplankton Culture Media

Making the Media Make a fresh gallon of saltwater with a specific gravity of 1.014.  Stir the water, then add the fertilizer according to the label–if using Micro Algae Grow, then add 40 drops per gallon. Let the water ‘age’ over night before using.

Phytoplankton Equipment Set-up

This post will cover the instructions for setting up the equipment for your phytoplankton culture station: 1) Mount the fluorescent light horizontally on a wall about table-height2) Slide the table up against the wall, just under the light3) Spread your culture bottles out to maximize surface area exposed to the light4) Cut 3 lengths of 12 inch rigid tubing and 4 lengths …

Equipment List for Phytoplankton Culture

Here is a list of the equipment you will need to culture a phytoplankton species such as Nannochloropsis occulata at homeEquipment List 48″ Shop light 2 x 48″, 40 Watt fluorescent bulbs On/off Timer Air pump ~10 ft. Flexible airline tubing ~ 3 ft. Rigid airline tubing Multi-outlet airline splitter/valve 3-4 x 1 Gallon water jugs Aquarium salt Fertilizer f/2 …